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Student Awards

Each year, several current and graduating Biology students receive departmental awards of recognition at the Commencement Ceremony. Following are the current and past award recipients.

Stephen Fox Award

This is awarded to the most outstanding undergraduate in Biology. The Stephen Fox Memorial Fund was established as a memorial to Stephen Fox, a Stanford student studying biology and music.

2017 - Samantha Hoffman

2016 - Taylor Daniel Skokan

2015  - Candice Jeehae Kim

2014 - Seth David Judson

2013 - Allan Quang Phan

2012 - Michael Hsiu Liu

2011 - Ariel Emily Macy

2010 - Anthony Tuan Nguyen and Lauren Catherine Ponisio

2009 - Dan Yi Gui

2008 - Jessica Whei Tsai

2007 - Robert Lerrigo

Norman K. Wessells Award

This is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate course/teaching assistant.

2017 - John Schroeder

2016 - Devin King

2015 - Alexis Mychajliw

2013 - Jeremy Hsu

2012 - Emily Abrash and Irene Onyeneho

2011 - Matthew Leo Knope and Nina Ly

2010 - Carolyn Kolbe Tepolt

2009 - Ryan Gutierrez

2008 - Bryan Yu-Ann Chen

2007 - Qinzi Ji

Lauren D. Weinstein Award

This is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate researcher or instructor who exhibits the dedication to life and science education exemplified by Lauren Weinstein, Class of '88.

2017 - Nicolas Herrera Crosta

2014 - Katherine Grace Nabel

2012 - Jessica Chang

2009 - Alexander Christiaan Schultink

2008 - Benjamin Matteson Vincent

2007 - José Dario Maciel

2006 - Gene Kew Ma

Frances Lou Kallman Award

This is awarded to a female graduate student in recognition of special excellence in coursework, teaching and/or research.

2017 - Hannah Kim Frank

2016 - Pengpeng Li

2015 - Rachel Egger

2014 - Amanda Amodeo and Holly Moeller

2013 - Chelsea L. Wood

2012 - Kristy Jean Kroeker

2011 - Elizabeth Greene Pringle

2010 - Hillary Suzanne Young

2009 - Cora Ann MacAlister and Sarah Kelly McMenamin

2008 - Susan Elizabeth Alter

2007 - Yvonne Ling-Hsiang Chan

Samuel Karlin Prize in Mathemical Biology

This goes to the graduate student whose dissertation reaches the highest standard of mathematical biology. It honors Professor Samuel Karlin of Stanford's Department of Mathematics. On the occasion of his 70th birthday, his students produced a book on mathematical biology in his honor and the royalties from that book accumulate to provide this prize.

2017 - Amy Goldberg

2016 - Michael "Doc" Edge

2015 - Allison Rhines

2014 - Ethan Jewett

2013 - Julie Marie Granka

2010 - Jeremy Van Cleve

2009 - Priya Lakshmi Iyer

2008 - Erol Akcay and Sohini Ramachandran

2006 - Maciej Filip Boni

Charles Yanofsky Prize in Molecular Biology

This goes to the most outstanding graduate student working in the field of molecular biology. It honors Professor Charles Yanofsky of the Department of Biology.

2017 - Katherine Solari

2016 - Alex Wilkinson

2015 - William Stork

Angela Lee Undergraduate Research Award

This award recognizes the most outstanding poster presented at the annual Achauer Undergraduate Honors Symposium. It honors Dr. Angela Lee Riepel's dedication to undergraduates pursuing research and honors in biology.

2017 - Melodyanne Cheng

2016 - Lorenzo Gonzalez

2015 - Laura Langdeau Cussen

2014 - Michaela Isabelle Soriano

2013 - Phi Nguyen Minh Luong

2012 - Erica Nicole Silva

Excellence in Teaching Awards

These are awarded to superb undergraduate and graduate course/teaching assistants.

2017 recipients
Daniel Berenson

Allison Brown
Paul Bump
Julio Flores Servin
Giovanni Forcina
Naomi Genuth

Nicolas Herrera Crosta
Sean Hunter
Alex Lindqwister
Kelly Markle
Nicole Nova

Delaney Sullivan
Shizuka Yamada

2016 recipients
Claire Baumer

Laura Bogar
Haley Brogan
Kaitlin Ching
Rachel Crane
Glade Dlott

Emily Ebel
Shein Ei Cho
Yan Gong
Fiorella Grandi
Laura Hunter

Alex Lindqwister
Sarah Lindsay
Vincent Masto
Ying Sun

2015 recipients
Hokyung "Kay" Chung
Emily Ebel
Alison Feder
Daniel Friedman
Naomi Genuth
Emily Glassberg

Laura Hunter
Rohan Mehta
Beth Morrison
Alexis Mychajliw
Taylor Skokan

2014 recipients
Nathan Barnett
Sean Beckwith
Devon Chandler-Brown
Jae Chung
Elizabeth Freeman
Jonathan Kang
Rick Kim
Jessica Martin
Rachel Pedreira
Elan Portner
Neil Robbins
Ben Seligman
Laughing Bear Torrez Dulgeroff
Brad Turnwald
Mark Wieland

2013 recipients
Biafra Ahanonu
Sean Beckwith
Tamaki Bieri
Jae Chung
David Constant
Olga Cormier
Hannah Frank
Rajiv McCoy
Juliana Matos

2012 recipients
Cecil Benitez
Michael Bramson
David Constant
Jeremy Hsu
Lisa Kurtz
Diana LaScala-Gruenewald
Heather Machado
Trevor Martin
Rajiv McCoy
Michael McLaren
William Stork
Brandon Weissbourd
William White

2011 recipients
Gabrielle Russo Barsh
Lisa Danielle Boxer
Jessica Chang
Karen Colbert
Robert Emilio Furrow
Matthew Leo Knope
Mark Denison Longo
Thomas Steven Lopez
Chase Douglas Mendenhall
Andrew Vernon Merrell
Holly Villacorta Moeller
Alison Ravenscraft
Por Sae-Seaw
Saumya Sankaran
Pauline Joy Felix Santos
Taryn Malia Sumabat
Lillian Khowong To
Rachel Laura Wolfson
Melissa Gale Works

2010 recipients
Emily Abrash
Laura Lynn Bronsart
Posy E. Busby
David William Creighton
Kelli Anne Davies
Mark Gordon Evans
Julie Marie Granka
Ryan Gutierrez
Caroline Kailing Hu
Jennifer Jing Huang
Monica Jeong
Daniel S. Karp
Gabrielf Maltais-Landry
Graeme McLean
Alexander McLean Nees
Lindsey Marie Negrete
Steven Thomas Swinford
Hoameng Ung
William T. Yewdell
Alan Xiaolun You
Xuchen Zhang

2009 recipients
Jessica Lynn Blois
Erika Liliana Bustamante
Amos Samuel Chen
David Chiang
Jason Scott Dunkel
Evan Lloyd Guiney
Elizabeth Ann Hambleton
Amanda Phi Khanh Hua
Jillian Kay Kallenbach
Ling Li
Jose Rafael Morillo Prado
Betty Ngoc Pham
Andrew James Rominger
Matthew Harrison Rowe
Aaron Samuel Rudin
Jonathan David Scrafford
Nadia Aftab Shaikh
Amy Li-Hwa Sun
Carolyn Kolbe Tepolt
Chelsea Lynne Wood

2008 recipients
Erol Akçay
William Churk-Nam Auyeung
Sara Elaine Brownell
Jesse Otto Chao
Peggie Cheung
Kyla Marie Dahlin
Tien Sy Dong
Nyasha Kianne George
Aaron Robert Goldman
Joanna Lee
Alisa Pilar Lehman
Katherine Jean Mertes
Carrie Anne Metzinger
Mary Qiu

2007 recipients
Karim Al-Khafaji
Anisha Anilraj
Eben North Broadbent
Steffi Duttler
John Sebastian Jaeger
Jason Thomas Ladner
Jennifer Lee
Nathaniel James Myall
Mahnoosh Nik-Ahd
Malin La Farge Pinsky
Elizabeth Greene Pringle
Rosemary Elinor Reidy
Deborah S. Rogers
John Shen
Sevan Siranoush Suni
Alissa Meyer Winzeler
Albert Shanbuo Ye
Hillary Suzanne Young
Anne Ran Zhuang